The National Party has been leaked a recent Cabinet Committee paper that says New Zealand could be at alert level 1 already.
It outlines the criteria for a move saying we need to have eliminated chains of transmission and had no new cases of community transmission for 28 days, and if that’s been achieved there’s no need for restrictions.
“The permissive nature of the alert level 1 controls reflect it is predicated upon having eliminated chains of transmission and there have been no new cases from community transmission for at least 28 days,” it says.
“If that has been achieved, and we have confidence in our border controls, there is theoretically no need for restrictions on people’s movements, interactions or activities.”
It’s now been longer than 28 days – the last community transmission case was 33 days ago.
So Cabinet itself has been advised you can go to Level 1 after 28 days of no community transmission, yet they are keeping us at Level 2.